P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2016
AUSTIN — The Transition Legislative Oversight Committee (TLOC), co-chaired by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, met today to discuss recently released transition plans for the re-organization of Texas' health and human services system.
"This committee is charged with making sure we achieve the transformation envisioned by the Legislature. That means creating a system that improves coordination of care, eliminates inefficiencies and makes it easier for our most vulnerable citizens to connect with the services they need," said Senator Nelson. "The transition plans discussed today provide a broad framework, but there is much more work ahead make sure this re-organization is a success."
Members were briefed on the Health and Human Services Commission Transition Plan; the plan to transfer vocational rehabilitation services transfer from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to the Texas Workforce Commission; and the effort to consolidate child abuse prevention services at the Department of Family and Protective Services. Public testimony was also taken during the hearing.
TLOC was created under Senator Nelson's SB 200, the Sunset bill re-organizing the five independent agencies that make up the state's health and human services system. TLOC, which is charged with monitoring the transition and reporting its findings to the next Legislature, includes four members of the Senate, four members of the House and three members appointed by the Governor.
The HHSC Transformation Plan can be found at http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/hhs-transformation/docs/transition-plan.pdf. The vocational rehabilitation services transfer plan is posted at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/files/twc/transfer-vr-twc.docx.
TLOC will meet again on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:00am to hear invited testimony only.